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NCSI Seminar: The National Strategic Computing Initiative and Its Impact on Open Research and Engineering in Illinois and Beyond

The National Strategic Computing Initiative was announced in July 2015 by the White House. In the intervening three years, the NSCI has had a some important, albeit uneven, influence on advancing the state of High End computing and data capabilities across activities in multiple government agencies. The University of Illinois, as a top research institution with a long and successful history of national leadership in technology development and use for computing, data and artificial intelligence, is in a unique position to contribute to and also have informed observations about the initiative’s impact.

After a short introduction about Illinois and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, this talk will give perspectives of how activities at Illinois and beyond are evolving with regard to NSCI and how the NSCI initiative is influencing the efforts. Further, the talk will reflect on how the NSCI is influencing the use of ‘exascale’ and other technologies by the national research community and identify some challenges and opportunities the exist in order to greatly improve the productivity of the national open research communities.


NCSI Committee

William T.C. Kramer

William T.C. Kramer is the Principal Investigator and Director for the NSF Blue Waters Leadership Computing Project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and a full Research Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) Computer Science Department. He holds a BS and MS in computer science from Purdue University, an ME in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in computer science at UC Berkeley.

Kramer has been the project leader of the NSF Blue Waters supercomputer which was the first general purpose, open science, Leadership supercomputer and a powerful resource for the nation’s researchers.

Before coming to UIUC, Kramer was the general manager of the DoE National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He has held positions at the NASA Ames Research Center, the University of Delaware and Inland Steel Corporation.

Blue Waters will be the 20th supercomputer Kramer deployed and/or manages. Several were first of their kind, including the world’s first production UNIX supercomputer and the first production quality massively parallel system. In addition, he deployed and managed large clusters of workstations, five extremely large data repositories, some of the world’s most intense networks, and other extreme scale systems. He has also been involved with the design, creation and commissioning of six “best of class” HPC facilities.

Outside attendees need to contact Barry Schneider in order to obtain the site badges required to enter NIST grounds and to attend the seminar. 24 hour notice is required for US citizens and 3 days for non-US citizens. Please contact bis [at] (bis[at]nist[dot]gov) to be added to the visitor list. Visitors must check in at the NIST Visitor Center to pick up their badges. A photo ID is required for US citizens and a passport or green card for foreign nationals. 

Created September 21, 2018